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Various โ€“ Project II Trance

Label:Dragonfly Records โ€“ bflcd 4, Dragonfly Records โ€“ bflcd4
Series:Order Odonata
Format:
CD, Compilation
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Trance, Goa Trance

Tracklist

1Gumboโ€“The Quickening
Engineer โ€“ Space (11)
Flute โ€“ Kate Holmes
Performer [Gumbo By] โ€“ Rob (10)
Vocals โ€“ Sophie Barker
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By โ€“ Simon Posford
8:59
2Geneticโ€“Trancemission
Producer, Mixed By, Engineer โ€“ Majik (2)
Written-By โ€“ Paul Jackson (6)
5:53
3Geneticโ€“Oracle
Producer, Mixed By, Engineer โ€“ Majik (2)
Written-By โ€“ Paul Jackson (6)
6:30
4Total Eclipseโ€“Total Eclipse
Producer, Mixed By, Engineer โ€“ Serge Souque, Stephane Holweck
Written-By โ€“ Stephane Holweck
4:45
5Black Sunโ€“Godstar (Sirrius Mix)
Engineer โ€“ Scruff
Producer, Mixed By โ€“ Youth
Written-By โ€“ Martin Glover
7:10
6The Infinity Projectโ€“Feeling Weird
Engineer โ€“ Martin Freeland
Producer, Mixed By โ€“ The Infinity Project
Written-By โ€“ Graham Wood, Martin Freeland, Raja Ram
6:21
7Mandra Goraโ€“Gypsy Trance
Engineer โ€“ Majik (2)
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By โ€“ Johan Bley*
6:01
8Black Sunโ€“The More You Look The More You See
Engineer โ€“ Neal Snyman
Producer, Mixed By โ€“ Youth
Written-By โ€“ Martin Glover
8:07
91000 Micro Datsโ€“The Centre (Tuned Mix)
Engineer โ€“ Scruff
Producer, Mixed By โ€“ Jens Waldenback*
Written-By โ€“ Jens Waldenback*
6:50
10Mandra Goraโ€“Wicked Warp
Engineer โ€“ Majik (2)
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By โ€“ Johan Bley*
5:21
11Deezal Electricโ€“Moth
Engineer, Programmed By โ€“ Neal Snyman
Written-By โ€“ Roger Smith (5)
5:26
121000 Micro Datsโ€“Underworld
Engineer โ€“ Scruff
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By โ€“ Jens Waldenback*
5:19
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  • Cover [Covered By] โ€“ Madark

Notes

Made in England

Catalog number variations: "bflcd 4" on spines and back cover, "bflcd4" on disc, "BFLCD4" in disc matrix.
Track 6 title misprinted as "Feeling Wierd" in the booklet, correctly on the back cover.
PDO, UK is not credited on release, but inferred via the matrix pattern.

Incorrect durations printed in booklet:
11 / 5:18 | 12 / 5:25
Most other durations also differ, but only by a few seconds.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 025055 800042
  • Barcode (String): 5025055800042
  • Matrix / Runout: MAYKING RECORDS BFLCD4 10244421 04 &
  • Label Code: LC 6816

Other Versions (4)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
Project II Trance (2ร—LP, Compilation)Dragonfly Recordsbfllp 4UK1993
Recently Edited
Project II Trance (CD, Compilation)Instinct RecordsEX-260-2US1993
Recently Edited
Dragonfly LP (2ร—LP, Promo, White Label, Compilation)Dragonfly RecordsBFL LP 5UK1993
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Project II Trance (Cassette, Compilation)Instinct RecordsEX-260-4US1993

Reviews

Numanoid's avatar
Numanoid
Edited 7 months ago
A rather excellent early compilation of chilled trance, like a harder version of Planet Dog's "Feed Your Head" compilation, released at about the same time in 1993.
colintraveller's avatar
For anyone that has Genetic - transmission on vinyl you will be aware that is much shorter than the cd variant featured on this cd release
Winter-Gray's avatar
Winter-Gray
Edited 8 months ago
Well here it is, arguably the first official Goa compilation to hit the UK. This CD (or LP, if you're lucky) introduced legendary Goa/psytrance artists to the world, and as any Goa fan will tell you, Dragonfly is a key player alongside TIP and Flying Rhino for decent British Goa.

With all this in mind and knowing that the Order Odonata series was awesome, I paid through the nose for this CD and hoped for the best. The tracklist opens with Gumbo's 'Quickening', a Posfordian creation that was somewhat ambient sounding compared to 'LSD' et al. It certainly wasn't the mind-blowing Goa trance I was used to but as an opening track it eases you in gently.

Next was Genetic's 'Trancemission', better known to me as the opening track to Paul Oakenfold's 'Voyage...' mix CD. Having it on Dragonfly Classix and Genetic's 'We Are Genetic' album meant it wasn't anything new but still highly enjoyable. Certainly shades of 'What Time Is Love' in this one...

Unusually for a compilation, Genetic then appears again for Track 3 with 'Oracle'. I had high hopes for this track, but sadly it was little more than an early prototype for the electro-edged 'Analogico' track on Genetic's first album. Very dull and peakless. 'Analogico' is way superior.

Next it's Total Eclipse's self-titled debut, a trance track which has a hint of Goa but more of a Belgian late 80s New Beat. The cheesy 'Total....ECLIPSE' vox are a bit naff too.

Then Black Sun's first of two appearances. 'Godstar' is again a fairly bland track, a meandering riff with a taste of Goa. Promising, but overall a disappointment.

Ah, Infinity Project! At last a decent track, though 'Feeling Weird' has appeared on other Dragonfly CDs and of course TIP's album, so really by this point I was beginning to wonder if 'Project II Trance' was worth buying in the first place.

Next, two fairly harmless tracks from Mandra Gora and Black Sun, again pretty peakless and slightly boring, with 'The More You Look The More You See' featuring a very long American speech which is more than a little irritating. 'Gypsy Trance', however, has more industrial sounding elements, despite the promising title.

1000 Micro Dats: The Centre. Has its moments but again fairly dull and not worth sitting through for seven minutes. Again a bit industrial in places.

Wicked Warp!!! A classic Order Odonata track from Mandra Gora, and a different version! Many will scoff but I actually prefer this version. Certainly refreshing, especially as I thought I had this track beforehand.

Deezal Electric: Moth. Seriously, can five minutes seem any longer? YAWN.

Rounding off with 1000 Micro Dats again. 'Underworld' is almost has a stripped-down, proggy psytrance feel to it, but it certainly wasn't the psychedelic mind-blowing finale I was expecting.

So, overall? Not really what I was expecting, but definitely a highly interesting encapsulation of trance at the time. Not only can you see how tracks like 'Trancemission' and 'Feeling Weird' shaped Goa, but you can also see the earlier roots of Goa, with industrial and New Beat elements that were pretty much erased from history after 'LSD' and company came and changed psychedelic trance for good.

I wouldn't recommend this CD to anyone who loved the Order Odonata series and wants more, as the decent tracks are easy to find on other CDs. However, to those interested in Goa's early offerings and want to hear rawer, rougher sounding tracks, this could just be up your street.